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Sudanese female journalist prosecuted for supporting another journalist

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July 23, 2009 (CAIRO) – Sudanese authorities have sued a Sudanese female journalist for writing about the detention of another journalist for wearing trousers two weeks ago.

The Public Order Police (POP) filed a complaint against female reporter Amal Habbani, editor of the column "Tiny Issues" in Ajrass Al Horreya newspaper, after she wrote an article on 12 July 2009 supporting her colleague Lubna Hussein.

Amal was questioned by the press and publication prosecution on 20 July.

The POP accused Amal of defamation. The police authority claimed a compensation of 10 million Sudanese pounds (US$400,000).

Amal wrote an article entitled "Lubna . . . A Case Of Subduing a Woman’s Body," in which she asserted that Lubna’s case is not about fashion, but rather a political tactic to intimidate and terrorize opponents of the general discipline law, which is most oppressive to women.

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) condemned in a statement released today the Sudanese authorities for continuing to persecute reporters and oppress all voices defending freedom of expression.

ANHRI requests that the Sudanese government abolish or change the public discipline law, one of the most oppressive and discriminating laws against women, as it violates basic individual freedoms.

Lubna Hussein, editor of the column "Men’s Talk", was recently tried in the general discipline court, after being accused of "sensational dressing up." The general discipline police authority considered Lubna’s dressing style a threat to the values and virtues of Sudanese society. Conviction, following such an accusation, results in receiving 40 whips in public as per Article 152/1991 of the criminal law.

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  • 24 July 2009 07:22, by Joseph

    It’s time for commission created to protect the right of non Muslims. Nobody will come to commission, let commission find those southerner get lashed, otherwise we keep quiet and wait for referendum

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  • 24 July 2009 08:10, by Oduck Bol

    Please Arab people, do not fight your enemy with calture come with your own pace. you should go to Egypt or Lebanon and see how they dress because they are real Arab than you and then come back with good Ideas instead abusing women. put in your mind that there is many calture in Sudan. Pleasse if you belife in whatever you belife in,keep it for yourselfe. There are people who do not belife in philosophy of centuries go. Iam one of them. Good luck

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    • 24 July 2009 08:43, by Gatbentiu

      This is crazy government,the POP has done enough to these female journalist.

      Arab culture is favoring men and against women right and if NCP wants unity they should abolish the law favoring this culture.

      dholbentiu@gmail.com

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      • 24 July 2009 15:43, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

        When will Northerners stop these crazy & primitives cultural activities against female,this is 21st century that need uncivilise people to be civilise cultural and religiously inorder to let them remove such out dating attitude against gender balance.However,POP must release this innocent woman without free condition enough is enough!

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  • 24 July 2009 18:16, by Joseph Makuer

    What are you talking about? 10 millions Sudanese pound is $400,000 thousand US Dollar.... it is more than 10 time of that number.

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